Saturday, April 13, 2024

RIP Phil Quartararo, Legendary Record Exec, 67, aka Phi Q, Worked With Every A List Act, from Linkin Park to Paula Abdul to Janet Jackson


I am really sad to write that Phil Quartararo has died.

The former head of several record companies including Warner Bros. and Virgin Records, Phil worked with every major act in the business including Linkin Park, the Spice Girls, Janet Jackson, and the Rolling Stones.

Just 67 years old, Phil was beloved in the business. (Apparently, to quote Billy Joel, only the good die young.) His presence lit up every ballroom or convention or concert. He was one of the few people that when you saw him coming, you were actually happy.

According to Wikipedia, Phil directed the marketing and launch of recordings of Coldplay, Norah Jones, Blake Shelton, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles. He was involved with marketing the estate catalogs of the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Les Paul.

At different times, Phil ran Warner Music, EMI, and Virgin Records. In heaven, he’s going to see a lot of our old pals in the music biz who we’ve lost recently and too soon like Kenny DeCamillo and Jerry Blair. Unreal. But the skies will be bursting with good music and great stories.

Unreal. Condolences to Phil’s family.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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